The Great Yes

This poem was sent to me from my dear friend Clare.  She and her family have chosen to say the great “Yes”.  They left their old life behind to explore unchartered waters living on their sailboat and travelling the world. 

You are such an inspiration. 

 Che fece …. il gran rifiuto

To certain people there comes a day
when they must say the great Yes or the great No.
He who has the Yes ready within him
immediately reveals himself, and saying it he goes

against his honor and his own conviction.
He who refuses does not repent. Should he be asked again,
he would say no again. And yet that no —
the right no — crushes him for the rest of his life.

Constantine P. Cavafy (1901)

If you have any poems, quotes, art or photos that exemplify the Great Yes, please send it to me so I can share it with others. 


One Response to “The Great Yes”

  1. clare Says:

    Thank you for your sweet words, Deanne. I find that poem very moving. I thought you’d be amused at my mother’s recollection of my early vocabulary versus my older brother’s. His first words were, “Please” and “No”. And mine were “Thank you” and “Yes”!!! I have to add, however, that my brother has sailed the Atlantic, climbed Chilean ice mountains, broken a foot hang gliding in New Zealand and was last seen paragliding past the balconies of beach front hotels in Bali so I think his “No” turned into a “No Limits” attitude.

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